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White Roofs Can Cool Homes, Businesses and the Planet

White Roofs Can Cool Homes, Businesses and the Planet

SACRAMENTO, California, September 23, 2008 (ENS) – California scientists have devised a formula to calculate how much of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide can be offset by increasing the reflectivity of urban surfaces like rooftops. They say that by making roofs reflective, homeowners will save money on cooling and white roofs installed on a global…

California Energy Supply Vulnerable to Future Heat Waves

California Energy Supply Vulnerable to Future Heat Waves

BERKELEY, California, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – In the near future, large California cities can expect more frequent heat waves because of climate change, warn scientists at universities in California and Texas. This could mean increased electricity demand to run air conditioners in the densely populated state, raising the risk of power shortages during heat…